"They obviously were locked into him the whole game, but obviously more so after the barrage of 3s", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said, crediting the Wizards for switching and sticking on Thomas off pick-and-rolls.
Despite the rocky third quarter, the Celtics were satisfied by their ability to open up the game with more objective considering that was their biggest issue during the first three games of the series. So don't put too much into the total point differential and lead split. The Celtics still hold s 2-1 lead in the series and are 2-1 against the spread in the series.
In Game 3, Washington strung together a 22-point run that turned a 12-12 game into a blowout that never really got very close.
"This series is going to be feisty", said Washington guard Brandon Jennings, who was ejected in the fourth quarter along with Boston's Terry Rozier for two double technical fouls. Two of the remaining games would be in Boston, including a decisive Game 7 if it's necessary. But for now, it's reassuring for Washington fans.
The Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards Game 4 (live stream online & score below) of the Eastern Conference semifinals resumes tonight with the Celtics leading their series 2-2 in the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs.
After the first half ended tied at 48, Washington came out of the break energized and ready to take control of the game, and that's exactly what they did.
So now the Celtics head home with the series tied 2-2, down to a best-of-three.
Bradley Beal scored 29 points, and the Wizards produced 26 unanswered points in the third quarter en route to a 121-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.
Though he's not actively calling for his players to actually give the ball a boot if they're committing a turnover, he may only be half-kidding. In the previous series, Washington won that pivotal game and went on to knock out Atlanta in Game 6. "Part of playing good basketball is being appropriately physical and being able to own your space and hold your ground and those types of things". The Wizards have scored 111 or more points in all three games of this series.
Only three times during the regular season did Thomas not attempt a free throw during a game - all wins, including two in which he played limited minutes.
The only problem was that Boston's first-quarter struggles were replaced by third-quarter struggles.
Down 2-1 with a looming home game on May 7, the Wizards are in must-win mode.
The Celtics are - and should be - encouraged by their opening efforts during Game 4; they just have to figure out how to hold Washington in check for a full 48 minutes next time they take the court. That Game 5 was at home; Wednesday's is in Boston, a place the Wizards haven't won all season.
"We don't like them, they don't like us". When guys went to the hole and got hit a little bit on lay-ups, they were fouls and then when we went to the hole, especially myself, I'm hitting the ground and there's no calls.
"We knew we didn't play our best ball in the first half", Otto Porter Jr. said. He got steals, he hit free throws, hit 3-point shots, he drove on Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and the entire Celtics defense.style="text-align: center;"